5 Tricks To Be Aware Of On Match.com Before You Get Ripped Off (REVIEW)

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Match.com was introduced to the online dating community in 1995 and today the site claims to have hundreds of thousands single men and women actively using the dating service who are looking for love online. The Dating Cop’s team job is to explore and verify whether dating sites are legitimate or they use conning mechanisms to scam people like you.

In this review we focus on the workings of Match.com and explain how the site works. Continue reading to learn the truth and see whether we recommend the site or not.

What you should know about Match.com?

This is an old dating site that has been on the market for about 20 years, and must be very well aware of the common scamming tactics other dating services use, which are easily detectable. This may be putting the company who owns the site in great advantage because they know what to avoid and prevent their scams from being exposed.

 

1) They Can Freely Use Your Profile Information

When you sign up on Match.com you are immediately asked to create your profile by filling it up with flattering photographs of yourself, drop a few lines about yourself, your personal interests, hobbies, ect. But, what they don’t tell you is that the very second you post something on the site – Match.com has the exclusive right to take and use these information across other sites in their network and other affiliated sites. This means that the minute you post anything, it is no longer yours and can be freely broadcasted on multiple dating services.

EVIDENCE OF SCAM:By posting Content on the Website or as part of the Service, you automatically grant to the Company, its affiliates, licensees and successors, an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, fully paid-up, worldwide right and license to (i) use, copy, store, perform, display, reproduce, record, play, adapt, modify and distribute the Content, (ii) prepare derivative works of the Content or incorporate the Content into other works, and (iii) grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing in any media now known or hereafter created.”

 

2) Replicated Member’s Profiles

This fact that the site is freely taking and reusing your personal info makes us wonder whether other dating profiles you see on the home page of Match.com are also created by the site using other people’s personal info. However, there is no way you can tell a real-person’s profile from a false one. Just like you can never be sure where your photos and description of self will end and who will but them, you also cannot know who is real and who is not on Match.com. Moreover, since you are not behind the replicated dating profiles, then who is? And who is running the fabricated dating profiles you encounter on Match.com.

One thing is for sure – it’s not safe to post anything on this site, nor can you know what is genuine or not. Plus, Match.com won’t have the need to import dating profiles from its other websites if there were really hundreds of thousands people using the site.

EVIDENCE OF SCAM: “You acknowledge and agree that Members of Match.com may be part an online community that includes other websites owned by the Company or its affiliates. Therefore, profiles on the Website may be viewable on other such websites and paying subscribers of one website may be able to communicate with other paying subscribers on all websites.”

 

3) Communications And Test Profiles

In the following excerpt from the term of use document on Match.com we found that they admit to sending you emails created by them, thorough the created members profiles. These messages are usually computer-automated, but they can also be sent by site’s employees whose job is to pretend they are real site members while hiding behind someone else’s profile data.

EVIDENCE OF SCAM: “When you become a Member, you agree and consent to receive email messages from us. From time to time, employees of the Company (or its parent or affiliated companies) may create test dating profiles for the purpose of testing the functionality of our Service and website processes to improve service quality for our Members.”

 

4) How Much Does Match.com Cost?

Of course you didn’t think for a second that Match.com would go through so much trouble for nothing? The site is costly and moreover, gives no reasons why a regular internet user who is looking for some online fun would doubt its legitimacy. This is how many men and women fail to be careful and fall straight in the hands of Match.com rip offs and scams. Match.com will offer you two types of subscription, each one at three different time periods. Here are your payment options:

Basic Plan

  • $35 for 1 month of subscription to the site
  • $59.97 for 3 months of subscription to the site
  • $101.94 for 6 months of subscription to the site
  • $191.88 for 12 months of subscription to the site

Bundle Plan

  • $68.97 for 3 months of subscription to the site
  • $119.94 for 6 months of subscription to the site
  • $197.88 for 12 months of subscription to the site

 

5) They Will Keep Charging You

Let’s say that you gave the site your credit card info and chose to subscribe to the service for 1 month. Your paid membership won’t expire and end at the end of your initial subscription period. It will, instead get prolonged for the same amount of money and the same time period until you realize that Match.com has been automatically renewing your payment and cancel your paid membership.

EVIDENCE OF SCAM: “After your initial subscription commitment period, and again after any subsequent subscription period, your subscription will automatically continue for an additional equivalent period, at the price you agreed to when subscribing.

 

The verdict on Match.com

If you are still wondering if Match.com is a legitimate site, there is only one answer – it’s NOT. After doing this investigation and research on Match.com, we can say with sureness that this site is only aimed at your money. They will not provide you with possible dates, or real communications. There is no way for any further meeting in person with anyone from Match.com.

During our research we also found the information that Match.com was sued by a woman from Florida, who filed a $1.5 billion class action lawsuit against the site because they took, and reused their personal information without notifying and used these info to fabricate dating profiles who were then used to rip people off.

Match.com Scam Questions

If you have anything else you’d like to ask, feel free to post in the comments section below. You can also share a personal experience about Match.com or any of its affiliated sites to warn and help other readers.

Match.com Contact Info

Address: 8300 Douglas Avenue, Suite 800, Dallas, TX 75225

Email Contact: Contact Page http://www.match.com/help/contactus.aspx?lid=108

Fax: 214-576-9350

Phone Number: 214-576-9352

Report and File a Complaint

Contact the Better Business Bureau to file a complaint and report the site if you feel you have been deceived, conned or overcharged.


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 Comments 13 comments

  • Forrest says:

    Match is crooked. They WILL renew you after you cancel. So pay the extra cost per month to join monthly, not yearly. You WILL pay for an extra period. They will not refund. They will not hand you up to a supervisor. They are just plain crooked.

  • Selphie Keller says:

    I recently signed up for match.com as user name MYSTAGIC, and got a few people that contacted me, but I couldn’t view or click on any of this stuff or even know who was viewing me, until I pay for service, so I paid for service to see who was messaging me, so I wrote some responses to a few people and started talking to someone and we were really hitting it off, but I had to sleep it was 3 am, so I logged out and the next day my account was terminated and no indication to why, and I know I didn’t write anything offensive or bad, I uploaded a single photo, and barely used the site, I didn’t even have service for more then 12 hours so I wasn’t even able to setup anything or proceed with talking to the person I was talking with and now that I am no longer on the site I have no way to contact them. Using match.com was one of the most awful experiences I have ever had with any online site. They give no warning or even explain why your service was terminated, when you try to talk to them they simply refuse to give any real information, and after doing so research into this company they have had serious issues dating as far back as 2011.

    I paid for service on: 10 December 2017 at 00:11 am
    account was terminated at : 10 December 2017 at 06:14 am

    I only used the site for roughly 3 hours and got permanently terminated, for some unknown reason that they won’t even tell me. The only response I got was some automated message of:
    ————————————————————
    Dear MYSTAGIC,

    We received your inquiry regarding the status of your Match membership.

    Please know that due to our Terms of Use, your Match account has been terminated. We believe this action to be in the best interests of our member community.

    We can also confirm that a full refund has been issued. Your bank can provide you more details about when it will appear on your statement, when the funds will be available to you, etc.

    If you paid to attend an upcoming Match Event, please know your name has been removed from the RSVP list and any charges associated with the event have been refunded.

    For reference, our Terms of Use can be accessed at the following link: http://www.match.com/registration/membagr.aspx.

    Regards,

    Match Corporate Care
    ————————————————————

    Overall, I do not recommend this site for any reason whatsoever. They robbed my chance of talking to someone that I found very interesting, though it’s very possible that the activity sent to my account was entirely fake and generated by match.com to be fooled into buying service. Seeing how, not even moments after signing up I receive allegedly all this winks, profile likes, and private messages, from real users, which I find it hard to believe I got all that activity within my first 10 minutes of using the site with a incomplete profile. Then after buying services I could respond to these items. But then suddenly without warning my account is terminated, and I have to get a refund, thankfully, I paid through paypal and have buyer protection. If your looking for dating sites, I wouldn’t put match.com any where near my choices, and I will never recommend this site to anyone, and anyone asking about this site, I will tell them the very short experience I had with it.

    • Sheila says:

      Thanks so much for your information I new it was false really anyway and the winks literally go up and down as does favourites!!

  • Michael says:

    Match.com has thousands of complaints on file. They have employees of their company post fake profiles. They also don’t do refunds and do auto-billing. I used them for 8 months and got no responses 95% of the time. Avoid them like the plague.

  • Michael says:

    Avoid Match.com. Too many fake profiles.

  • Pissed Off says:

    FYI MATCH>COM HAS 2600+ COMPLAINS WITH THE OFFICE OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS!!!!!!!
    To begin with, Match is a SCAM!!! They block your account access 2 days B4 free trial ends, so you cannot log in to cancel b4 THEY CHARGE your credit card. Look out for a class action lawsuit over this!! THEIR SUPPORT IS UNRESPONSIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Then their entire user interface is hideous, super slow and infuriating!
    Their messaging system is awful. It does not allow searching your mail, so if you are looking for a specific email with a specific content or keyword, you have to scroll down and open each one of your dozens or hundreds of emails to find it! Then, if you answer to one email and you go back to your inbox, their system takes you back to the top of your inbox, so you have to scroll down and keep clicking “next page” a dozen times to get to the last email you viewed.

    Custom searches constantly crash and you have to start all over again. It takes thousands of clicks and hours of work to do what other sites do in 20 seconds. I cannot believe there are millions of idiots paying for this trash. I bet most of them have been blocked out of their accounts, like I was, and Match keeps using their profiles to build false expectations in both potential new users and advertisers.

  • Niki says:

    There are too many fake profiles and also you can’t narrow down your search for example; if you are in US you can not search and looking for someone in Canada….Also if you are looking for people with “no kids” still it shows all profiles and it takes time to read all to find out who has kids or not….after two days of subscription and paid $119.94 US I asked for refund and they replied me that I am not eligible for refund…It is awful website and total scam …please be aware before subscription

  • Mike m says:

    This is borderline mail and wire fraud. As many others posted, you sign up for one month, and you think that’s it. However, they renew your membership whether or not you cancel. I had numerous hits from people half my age and are allegedly somewhere on the east cost with totally fake profiles. I tried calling them and some woman with a heavy Asian accent answered. I could not understand a word she said. When I asked for her supervisor she said no, and terminated the call. I tried to dispute the charges through PayPal and that process was a joke as there are no humans there to talk to. I’m going to try my bank next to,see they can help. In summary, this is a total scam.

  • Brandon says:

    Anyone that has ever signed up for and paid for a subscription to match has already heard or had first hand experience with their reoccurring billing. But I have also found that a lot of the supposed profiles are exact copies of others, just have different pictures. I have come across about a dozen “stories” of what women have on their profiles that match word for word with other profiles. Either the people running this scam don’t count on someone noticing the exact similarities or they think that we are all stupid. Please everyone that reads this DON’T WAIST YOUR TIME OR MONEY!

  • ME says:

    WOULD NOT RECOMMEND !! I personally know friends who swear by Match.com, however, that is rare…. It is also highly rated. I have tried this site several times. 2 yrs ago for over 1 yr, and again recently for 3 mos after trying several other sites. Nothing has changed. I waste my time filtering & deleting profiles that at outside my parameters. They guarantee a match, but only if you match and email a certain number of users. BE CAREFUL with payments too. They will charge your credit card 1-2 weeks before the subscription renewal date. In it for the money, like any business. LOL, why not Boost?!

  • Lou says:

    I was on for a few years. Spent hundreds on pounds on subcriptions. I had a few dates here and there. Did I find anything worthwhile, guys that wanted to get to know me in the hope of forging a relationship…NO
    Mostly people out of my age range, distance, using fake pictures, got pestered daily from old fat unattractive guys or younger guys wanting to hook up. There is still a hook up.element to the site. Then if you actually get chatting to anyone, they stop replying or delete their account. If you arrange a date 9/10 they cancel.
    Total waste of time and money. I am an attractive single woman and it didn’t work for me!

  • AT says:

    Just like everyone else, I would not recommend the match site to anyone. Have been chatting with someone for over a month. Just realized today he is a fake. The name and address he gave me belong to someone else and his voice when he called was obviously not a match to a video recording of the real person.

  • rodi says:

    I wish I read that before I signed up again after a longer absence. I have been enticed to sign again, and I think this was a fake email. It looked like a guy you actually “emailed” me twice! So I got curious and fell into the trap! I responded to the guy who seemed to have been so eager to meet me, but then I never got a response back. Thinking more about it I came to the conclusion that it was a match employee to have sent it. Reading comments on this site only confirms my suspicions! Same experience as “Lou” above!


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